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Instrument Technician - Jefferson Site

Job Requisition ID:  37244

Founded in 1920, Eastman is a global specialty materials company that produces a broad range of products found in items people use every day. With the purpose of enhancing the quality of life in a material way, Eastman works with customers to deliver innovative products and solutions while maintaining a commitment to safety and sustainability. The company's innovation-driven growth model takes advantage of world-class technology platforms, deep customer engagement, and differentiated application development to grow its leading positions in attractive end-markets such as transportation, building and construction, and consumables. As a globally inclusive and diverse company, Eastman employs approximately 14,500 people around the world and serves customers in more than 100 countries. The company had 2020 revenues of approximately $8.5 billion and is headquartered in Kingsport, Tennessee, USA. For more information, visit




This position is to install, maintain, troubleshoot and upgrade process control equipment from the distributive control system to the valves. Key responsibilities and duties include:


  • Troubleshoots equipment instrumentation and control systems (DCS) and its associated logic (where the logic can easily be accessed)
  • Calibrates instruments and uses many different instruments to measure temperature, level, pressure and flow
  • Installs and maintains electrical and pneumatic systems
  • Monitors specific equipment (PH)
  • Monitors and replaces pressure relief valves and rupture discs
  • Monitors plant areas for the presence of combustibles (sniffing)
  • Maintains and troubleshoots low voltage PLCs, primarily DC photo eyes
  • Maintains bulk packaging equipment and weighing system
  • Understands basic electrical circuits and testing using voltage and amperage meters


Instrument Technicians are self-directed. They work with little to no supervision. They are technical experts in the area of instrumentation, receive little technical guidance from management. The troubleshooting work is complicated, demanding and has high time pressures. The nature of the work is becoming increasingly complex and sophisticated, particularly in the area of process automation system troubleshooting.


  • Post high school education and training is desired.  Such education and training could include a college or university education (Associate Degree), Trade School, Technical School or Apprenticeship Program.
  • PLC programming experience is preferred.
  • Prior work experience as a maintenance mechanic is strongly preferred (single craft or multi-craft).
  • Strong mechanical aptitude.
  • Basic process knowledge (pressure, flow, level, temperature).
  • Intermediate instrumentation knowledge and skills (familiarity with test equipment).
  • Strong mathematics background (trigonometry level).
  • Strong reading comprehension.
  • Basic to intermediate level mechanical maintenance skills.
  • Intermediate level pipefitting skills.
  • Strong initiative (able to direct one's work efforts without supervision).
  • Interpersonal/Team Skills.
  • Flexibility and adaptability.
  • Strong problem solving and troubleshooting skills.
  • Strong communication skills - verbal and listening.

Selection Process Comments:

The selection process has been designed as a hurdle or step progression.  This means that candidates must successfully pass one step in the process in order to proceed to the next step in the process.  Specifically, all applicants will be required to successfully complete a written maintenance/instrumentation skills assessment in order to proceed to the interview step of the process.










Eastman Chemical Company is an equal opportunity employer.  All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, veteran status or any other characteristics protected by law.


Eastman is committed to creating a powerfully diverse workforce and a broadly inclusive workplace, where everyone can contribute to their fullest potential each day.

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